Don't get lost on your ride, race or hike!

The dynamic.watch web site and routeCourse app are the fastest and easiest way to create and download routes to your Garmin Edge or Oregon/Rino GPS, right from your phone or computer.

Designed for cyclists and hikers, just install the routeCourse app on your device, and use this web page, dynamic.watch, to create routes using our mobile-friendly route Planner (or import routes from popular sites like Strava, Ride with GPS and MapMyRun) and send them to the device.

Use the bigger screen of your phone, tablet or computer to create or import a route, and your device will automatically see the updated route list when you start the app. Your device only needs an internet connection (through your phone) if you want to view and download new routes. Otherwise it is self-contained and designed for use outside of cellular service.

This website is fully mobile-enabled to use on your phone, and a laptop is not required (though of course the website works great there too).

When you start the routeCourse app on your GPS it will show you a list of your local routes (the ones already downloaded to your GPS).
Swipe-left (touchscreen) or select the "Cloud" link (Edge 520) to view your routes created (or imported) and stored in the cloud at dynamicWatch.

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Tap (touchscreen) or use the Up/Down and Select buttons (Edge 520) to select a route to download and "launch" it in the GPS's built-in activity/map feature.

routeCourse runs on the following Garmin cycling and outdoors GPS devices:

All are available from Amazon.com and your local outdoors stores.

If you have a Garmin GPS watch, our dwMap app combines the easy route (course) planning and simple route downloads of this site with a route map display right on the watch screen to guide you as you run.

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To get started, you just need to:
Our routeCourse app installs to your device from the Garmin Connect IQ Store.
Make sure that your device is connected by Bluetooth to Garmin Connect Mobile running on your phone (iPhone or Android, and users report that Windows Phone also now works), and that your phone and device can get online.
The first time you open it on your device it will show you a simple link code to securely link your device to your account here.

The Garmin software may tell you that you need to update your firmware, even when you think you have the latest version. In this case, undock your device and see if it installs new firmware that it has downloaded. Then redock the device and try installing dMap again. Powering-off your device and back on again may also be necessary to get the new firmware installed and running. You can check what your device is actually running by going to Settings - System - About.
We have implemented a simple but secure mechanism to link your device to your account here.
  • When you open the app on your device the first time it will show you an 8 character code.
  • Enter that code on our website here and the device will know which account it is associated with. Conversely, our website will know that you have authorized access by this device.
  • After you have entered the code on our website, tap the screen or press the Up button of your device to complete the linking process.
If you get error code 1 or 2 on your device during this step, make sure that your device is connected by Bluetooth to Garmin Connect Mobile running on your phone (iPhone or Android, and users report that Windows Phone also now works), and that your phone and device can get online.
As an extra security measure, the code is only valid for 5 minutes after you open the app. If you do not enter the code here in time, don't worry, just exit and open the app again, and a new code will be generated.
You only have to do this once for each device you link (and you can link any number of devices), and afterwards the app will only need an internet connection when you want change the downloaded route.
We do not get access to any other apps on your device or phone.
Use our simple yet powerful Route Planner to create and edit routes, with automatic routing along trails and roads.
  • Use the Location box and button to enter a place name, or just click to find your current location.
  • Click on your starting point, then click on further points to add to your route. A route will be built from point to point.
  • Click or to choose whether cycling or pedestrian routes should be calculated.
  • Click if you want straight lines between points, with no automatic routing.
  • Press to remove the last point to delete or redo it.
  • Drag a point marker to edit the route.
  • Click on route line to insert a new point marker into the route.
  • Double-click on a point marker to remove it.
  • Click on to make this your current watch route when you save it.
  • Press to save and (at the top-right) to exit when you are done.
  • Click on in your routes list to edit it again.
You can also import routes or connect to route planning tools available at sites like Strava, Ride with GPS and MapMyRun.
If you have upgraded to dwMap Premium you can also create and edit waypoints, edit routes that you have imported or uploaded, and see the elevation profile and statistics (such vertical gain) as you create your routes.

When you start the routeCourse app on your GPS it will show you a list of your local routes (the ones already downloaded to your GPS):

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Tap (touchscreen) or use the Up/Down and Select buttons (Edge 520) to select a route to "launch" it in the GPS's built-in activity/map feature. This is the usual map and activity recorder capability of the GPS that you are already familiar with.

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Swipe-left (touchscreen) or select the "Cloud" link (Edge 520) to view your routes created (or imported) and stored in the cloud at dynamicWatch:

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The GPS icon (rectangle) by the route shows it has already been downloaded, while the cloud icon shows it is available to be downloaded from your account on dynamic.watch.

Tap or select one of these, and you will be given the option of downloading it, or of both downloading and launching it immediately.

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Routes are sorted by their distance away from you.

If you are already using Strava, Ride with GPS or UnderArmour (MapMyRide/MapMyRun) then you can connect and automatically use those routes here. These sites offer excellent planning tools for creating routes. For other routes:
  • Garmin Connect Course: On Garmin Connect-Courses, copy of the URL of the course you want to import and enter the URL here. If you want to import an activity (a recording of something you did) rather than a course (a plannned route), you can convert the activity to a course by opening the menu at the top-right of the activity at Garmin Connect, and choosing Save as Course.
  • GPX File: Click on Drop a GPX file here or click to upload here and upload your file.
  • Draw a route using our Route Planner
If you are already using Strava, Ride with GPS or UnderArmour (MapMyRide/MapMyRun) then you can connect and automatically use those routes here. These sites offer excellent planning tools for creating routes.
In Linked Accounts click on the service you wish to connect and follow the prompts to authorize your access.
  • Strava: You will be prompted to authorize access on the Strava website. This will let you use your Strava routes. To use such a route, 'star' it on their site, and it will then appear on your routes list here.
  • Ride with GPS: Enter your username/password for that service and we will use those to verify that we can access your account ok. All of your routes there will appear in your routes list here. If you see someone else's route there that you would like to use, use the COPY TO MY ROUTES link on the route on Ride with GPS to add it to your set.
  • UnderArmour: You will be prompted to authorize access on the UnderArmour website. This will let you use your MapMyRide and MapMyRun routes. To use such a route, Bookmark it on their site, and it will then appear on your routes list here.
You can revoke your access at any time at Linked Accounts.
You can also draw a route using our Route Planner or import routes from GPX files and other services.

You can share your dynamicWatch routes with any of your friends! Just click on the icon next to a route and we'll generate a special sharing URL, with buttons to share it instantly via email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or LinkedIn, or just copy the URL and send it in any other way.

The recipient won't be able to change your route, but they will be able to add a copy of it to their routes so that they can set it as their current route to download to their device.

If you have upgraded to dwMap Premium you can also export your routes to the popular GPX file format.

We do not currently have iPhone or Android apps to directly send routes and settings to your phone. However this website, including the Route Planner have been designed to work great on your phone's browser (Safari or Chrome).

For fast access, you may want to create a home page shortcut to the webpage. This will make it almost as easy as having an app!

  • iPhone/iPad Safari: Press Share, then Add to Home Screen
  • Android Chrome: Press menu and tap the star to add the page to your bookmarks. Then press menu, open your bookmarks, press and hold your new bookmark and select Add to home screen

Please check the above guides for the fastest access to the information you need.

We also have a Blog at Medium and a YouTube Channel:

Otherwise we can be reached via Twitter, Facebook or email, or follow the dynamicWatch Blog.

For support for your Garmin device or for Garmin Connect Mobile, contact Garmin Support.

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